THE Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) is weighing the possibility of having only fully vaccinated players competing in their competitions when cricket resumes in the Ancient County.
According to a social media post by BCB president, Hilbert Foster, on Sunday, the BCB is looking at ways of re-starting the sport “safely later this year”.
Foster and his executives had taken it upon themselves to halt the game due to a rise in the number of cases in early April.
According to Foster, who is also a vice-president of the Guyana Cricket Board, the BCB would not allow any person to place others at risk by refusing to protect themselves and, by extension, others.
“One possible rule that could be put into place by the BCB when our cricket restart is that only players and officials who are fully vaccinated would be allowed to be involved,” he noted.
It was also stated on social media that the BCB would announce its policy later this week after its monthly executive meeting.
TAKE THE VACCINE
Foster, who related that he has taken the vaccine already, is encouraging others to also be inoculated.
“The sooner we all take the vaccine, the sooner our lives could return to normal and the cricket season can restart. Please, please take advantage of the government vaccine drive and go out and take one. It could save your own life and those of your loved ones.”
The pro-active cricket official related that the vaccines are safe and that persons need not be afraid.
“I have personally taken the vaccine and had no side effects, and I would like to urge all my fellow Berbicians to do so. He said that the county needs to unite to defeat the virus or “it would destroy our way of life forever”.
The BCB, according to Foster, would be talking to the West Berbice Cricket Association and Upper Corentyne Cricket Association to organise vaccination drives in their areas for players and officials as it looks to get more involved.
According to the cricket official, the BCB has completed 19 finals so far and has another 20 competitions to complete or start in 2021.